I want to ask about best practice regarding usage of the currency symbol for the British Pound Sterling (£), but I'm not sure which site to post on.

The are the questions I want to ask:

  1. Aside from other formats, is the British Pound Sterling typically written as UK£ or GB£?

  2. For this hybrid format, what is typically used prior to the currency symbol: the ISO country code, the internationally standardised abbrev. for the region, or is there no standardised format?

On the one hand, it is about common conventions with writing, so perhaps EL&U would be best. On the other hand, it is about currency formats, which may be better understood by economists.

However, I can't post in Economics because its site description is "For professional and academic economists and analysts", neither of which I am.

Any idea where I should post?

  • Best practice? BEST PRACTICE? IIRC 95% of best practices are being hammered these days.
    – M.A.R.
    Aug 2, 2015 at 20:09
  • What? Dude, I'm just asking. You don't have to yell at me. Aug 2, 2015 at 20:09
  • Not yelling. That's an attempt at a joke. Seriously though, is that literally the body of your question?
    – M.A.R.
    Aug 2, 2015 at 20:10
  • Not sure how I feel about that joke, but okay. Thanks for not seriously yelling. Lol. And what? Yes? Why do you ask? :/ Aug 2, 2015 at 20:14
  • "best practice" - that is meaningless without context. How to use the symbol where? To convey what? Simply to "use it" means nothing.
    – Oded
    Aug 2, 2015 at 20:22
  • Just a heads-up: I'll be the first to admit that EL&U is a bit inconsistent when it comes to questions of style and writing conventions. Some questions are well-received and others get closed as POB (with the site skewing to the latter response in recent years).
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 2, 2015 at 20:41
  • @Oded: Really? -_- It's a freaking currency symbol; where else would I be using it other than to refer to currency?? Aug 2, 2015 at 21:41
  • @DanBron: Thanks for mentioning that; I'll keep that in mind. And "POB"? Aug 2, 2015 at 21:42
  • @SarahofGaia Shorthand for "Primarily Opinion Based", subjective. Spelling and word-meanings are standardized to the extent that questions on them can be definitively settled with reference to a dictionary. Many grammatical questions can be too (with reference to a grammar). But orthographic and stylistic questions are harder to answer definitively, it's often a matter of taste: there is no standard reference. So many such questions get closed for being too subjective.
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 2, 2015 at 21:44
  • @DavidPostill: Those two links don't tell me what I need to know. Aug 2, 2015 at 21:46
  • @SarahofGaia It was worth a punt, given how little you told us about what you were trying to find out ... :/ Aug 2, 2015 at 21:47
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    @SarahofGaia If you frame it that way and make it as specific as possible, I think EL&U is the best fit. The only other places I can think of are Writers, but they're more comfortable answering questions about citation style and art of the written word, Tex/LaTex, but I imagine they'd be better at explaining how to achieve a specific goal in formatting, as opposed to offering guidance into what goal is appropriate, and maybe Academia, because those guys write a lot of formal papers (and answer questions about how to write formal papers). But I really think ELU is best-fit.
    – Dan Bron
    Aug 2, 2015 at 21:52
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    There's nothing wrong with posting the question content here if you really want us to tell you where to go and have it be correct.
    – Catija
    Aug 2, 2015 at 21:56

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ELU isn't about writing, it's about the English Language and its use. I'm not saying it's not on topic there, mainly clearing up their subject. There is a Beta "Writing" site, which is why I'm making the distinction.

As to Economics, every site is technically for professionals... but that doesn't mean you can't ask questions there if you are not one.

I'm a user of ELU but not Economics, so I can't guess what the latter will do... and ELU is a bit odd, so I honestly can't guess what they'd do, either.

I'd start by asking on the Metas for these two sites whether the users of those sites consider the question on-topic or not.

You've got it narrowed down to two, it's up to the individual sites to decide if it's on-topic or not. If you don't want to double post on the Metas, you can always go for your top choice first and then try the second one if you get shot down.

  • Also, people keep saying EL&U is odd. What is so odd about it? Aug 3, 2015 at 2:54
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    @Sarah You have to see that for yourself. It's unexplainable.
    – M.A.R.
    Aug 3, 2015 at 5:01
  • @inɒzɘmɒЯ.A.M: Okay. Aug 4, 2015 at 23:40

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